Rural officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary joined forces with partner agency representatives for an engagement event on the Grand Union Canal.
The operation on Sunday, June 5, saw officers from the Rural Operational Support Team (ROST) work alongside local rural officers, the Environment Agency and voluntary bailiffs from the Angling Trust, to engage with anglers and detect any potential offences.
The event saw officers cycle around 22 miles, between Tring and Springwell lock, as well as along adjoining river tributaries.
Fifty people were spoken to throughout the day, three of whom were found to have no rod licence and one will be prosecuted for fishing a river during closed season.
Three people were also issued with community resolution orders in regards to the theft of fishing rights.
PC Jenny Edwards, from the ROST, said: “This operation was a great way to engage with local anglers, many of whom were grateful to see us out on patrol and happy to be checked. Reassuringly, the majority of those spoken to were acting accordingly and not found to be committing any offences.
“With the nicer weather finally upon us, many people will likely be taking up outdoor hobbies. If you are looking to get into fishing, please ensure you’re fully educated around the local rules and regulations and that you have the correct licence. The Canal and River Trust website has lots of helpful information.
“We’d also advise anglers to ensure they are keeping their equipment fully secured when not in use. Fishing equipment left on display can be an attractive target for opportunist thieves. Please ensure it is locked away in a shed or garage which is securely locked. It’s also a good idea to get your property marked, so that it can be easily identified if it is ever lost or stolen and recovered by police.”
For more information on how to keep your property secure, visit Your garden and outside (herts.police.uk)
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